Restorative Practices Program

Community Organizations

Restorative practices program team at the re-visioning event

Restorative Practices Community Organizations and Partners

If you are a community partner and are not on this page, please contact Polo DeCano

CCS Unlimited logo

While CCS Unlimited is not currently working with any SPS schools, there is an identified desire to work with parents in supporting youth in their academic success.

Desire is to work with the various entities, discipline board, PTSA, African American Male Achievement and any other groups in supporting parents and youth.

CCS Unlimited is a restorative organization whose mission is to: 

  • Develop restorative beacons in every community
  • Normalize restorative circles as a way of being, 
  • Support the development of building circle-keeping capacity

Learn more about CCS Unlimited

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Connect the Dots, school liberation collective. creative learning experiences for educators that cultivate restorative learning environments

Connect The Dots is a school liberation framework that facilitates creative learning experiences for educators that cultivate restorative learning environments. They bring their lived and Seattle Public Schools experience together to raise consciousness and foster capabilities to implement Liberatory practices through the Connect The Dots School Liberation Framework. Connect the Dots’ workshops are culturally relevant, experiential, reflective and responsive. When we are connected, students connect.

This year, Dalisha Phillips will be facilitating monthly workshops that ground school leaders, from school administrators to support staff, in understanding and implementing restorative practices in schools. Through the metaphor of a restorative tree, these workshops will cover key elements of restorative practices in schools, such as culture, mindset, processes, practices, and maintenance. The framework provides the context and tools for schools to disrupt punitive approaches to discipline while engaging young people in the co-creation of a safe and welcoming learning environment.

This school year (22-23) Restorative Practice based deep dive professional development and direct service are present at Franklin HS, Sanislo Elementary, and Olympic Hills Elementary. In previous years I have offered Restorative Practice based deep dive professional development and direct services at Washington MS, Lowell Elementary, and Madrona MS.

My complete menu of services that Levy schools have the potential to choose from are as follows:

Staff/Adult Offerings

  • Monthly professional development workshops on liberatory restorative practices – 90 minute to 2 hours sessions.
  • Weekly or bi-weekly restorative mindfulness and meditative practice sessions – 1 hour session.
  • As needed liberatory restorative practice consultation with building leadership – 1 hour session.
  • As needed liberatory restorative circle facilitation with specific educators or groups of building stakeholders navigating change, challenge, and/or conflict (e.g., PTSA, Paraeducators, Support Staff) – 1 to 2 hour sessions.

Student/Youth Offerings

  • Weekly or bi-weekly student focused art therapy groups for up to 10 students during or after school – 1 hour or class period.

General offerings:

  • Weekly or bi-weekly
    • Individual student counseling sessions for 10-12 weeks per student – 1 hour or class period.
  • As needed:
    • Liberatory restorative circle facilitation with specific classrooms or groups of students navigating change, challenge, and/or conflict – 1 to 2 hour sessions.

Learn more about Connect the Dots

Contact Connect the Dots at

City of Seattle logo

DEEL supports schools throughout SPS in a variety of capacities related to implementing Levy plans. Often, these plans include Restorative practices.

There are 5 schools that receive funding support that is specifically related to the implementation of Restorative practices/justice.

Learn more about DEEL

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Huayruro is supporting Garfield High School, Ingraham High School, Rainier Beach High School, Arbor Heights Elementary School and Seattle World School in a number of capacities which include:

  • Faculty/Staff Trainings
  • Team-building
  • Restorative Circles
  • Healing Circles
  • Restorative Coaching
  • Restorative Leadership Development
  • Peacemaking Circles training
  • Conflict resolution
  • System change
  • Cultural shift
  • Intercultural development

In addition to the tremendous work supporting schools directly, Huayruro provided the SPS Restorative Team with a foundational training in Salish Tlingit ways of Peacekeeping Circles.

Learn more about Huayruro

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Mari Shibuya logo

Mari Shibuya is a local artist who has partnered with Seattle Public Schools to interpret community voice and restorative practices through a unique, real-time creation, of a digital mural.

This digital mural by local artist Mari Shibuya reflects an early Restorative Program Team session from the 2021-2022 school year.
This digital mural by local artist Mari Shibuya reflects an early Restorative Program Team session from the 2021-2022 school year.

Learn more about Mari Shibuya

Roosevelt Alumni for Racial Equity

Roosevelt Alumni for Racial Equity (RARE) has been an active partner with the SPS Restorative Team in finding ways to support the establishment and growth of a Restorative presence throughout SPS and greater Seattle area. While RARE does not support any specific schools at this time, they have brought together many community stakeholders who are interested and motivated in supporting and advocating for Restorative practices in SPS.

The Restorative Practice Community Coalition (RPCC) is a community-based entity that is growing in its partnership role with SPS and its endeavor to make Restorative Practices a part of the foundation and culture across all SPS.

Learn more about RARE

Contact RARE

Resolutions Northwest

Resolutions Northwest is not currently supporting any schools in SPS, however, they were an early partner with the SPS Restorative Team during the 2021-2022 school year. They remain open to supporting school communities with coaching, workshops or other ways of contributing to a restorative presence in SPS.

Learn more about Resolutions Northwest

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The Root of Us logo

The Root of Us, founded and led by local educator and restorative circle keeper Fernell Miller, was one of the community partners who supported the inaugural community visioning event. Fernell has been an educator in the Kent school district for over 35 years. Currently, The Root of Us is not serving any schools directly, but they are open to doing so.

Learn more about The Root of Us

The Root of Us Events

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Solutions by Cadenas

Manuel Cadenas and Solutions by Cadenas serve several schools in SPS and throughout King County. His efforts have included training school teams on Community Building Tier-1 approaches with an aim to go beyond “one and done” Restorative efforts to exist within a lasting community of support.

These Tier-1 supports include affinity group work for scholars and their families and serving as an advisor to leadership teams. While Cadenas’ efforts are currently taking place at TOPS K-8 and Hazel Wolf K-8, Manuel has initiated partnerships with a number of schools.

Specific hopes for Cadenas’ efforts are to foster the presence of Tseaut, Tagish and Tlingit restorative ways implemented with fidelity in all classrooms.

Learn more about Solutions by Cadenas

Contact Solutions by Cadenas at

Sound Supports logo

Sound Supports is working with Concord Elementary, Ingraham High School and Whitman Middle School in a number of Restorative capacities that include: Restorative training, coaching and technical support.

Learn more about Sound Supports

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South End Stories

South End Stories is a trauma-informed and anti-racist arts education program serving students and educators throughout King County, Washington. They encourage critical thought to stimulate artistic expression and exploration of identity at the highest level of learning.

Through their work, they aim to guide students towards a collaborative style of learning, giving them tools to share their stories through multiple means of expression. Currently, they are supporting:

  • Cleveland High School
  • Franklin High School
  • Leschi Elementary
  • Rainier Beach High School

Their presence will expand to include Concord Elementary and Madison Middle School in the spring.

Learn more about South End Stories

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Washington Building Leaders of Change logo

WA-BLOC partners with school communities to build student and staff capacity to implement school-wide restorative justice (RJ) practices with fidelity to a Tiered Approach. WA-BLOC is currently in partnership with:

  • Emerson Elementary (year 4)
  • Pathfinder K-8 (year 2)
  • Levy-funded elementary schools in partnership with the Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL)

WA-BLOC is also supporting the development of an ongoing community of practice for schools across the district in partnership with SPS to help build a community of support for practitioners and unified vision for RJ in Seattle Schools.

Services offered by WA-BLOC include:

  • Coaching and mentoring staff through professional development trainings and participation in school-based staff cohorts/committees, starting with Tier 1;
  • Supporting schools to develop and implement Tier 1-3 RJ practices and systems;
  • Providing (K-5th grade) Tier 1 community building curriculum for classroom circles and activities;
  • Training students in restorative practices and circle keeping through an in-school cohort model called the ZONE, and;
  • Repairing harm through restorative processes with students and staff

Learn more about WA-BLOC

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